In Which Debi Poisons the Well

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 49-51 Dear Debi,How can I have a merry heart when my husband treats me harshly? Do I just pretend he is a good man instead of a lazy, TV-watching, … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Remember, It Could Be Worse!

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 45-47 I wanted to send my testimony because you have greatly encouraged me. I send it with my husband’s approval. Debi finishes her section on thankfulness … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Calling in the Media on Social Service?

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by Rebekah Pearl Anast from Homeschooling Pioneers Actually, the media wasn’t negative. It was a strategic move by my Dad to take the heat off of us. Social Services had gotten wind of our home education, and we were given a court summons. The judge and a few power-hungry and small-minded … [Read more...]

On Being Your Husband’s “Playmate”

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 42-44This section follows Debi’s story about the time Mike tried to show off, ended up spilling a sack of garbage, and then marched off in embarrassment leaving her to clean it up. The moral of Debi’s story was the last part, … [Read more...]

Orphan Fever

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by CaluluMother Jones magazine has finally published Kathryn Joyce's account of the Evangelical Movement's obsession with adoption and the inevitable not so great outcomes when you don't take practicalities of foreign adoption under consideration. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Mike Spills the Garbage

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 Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 40-42Debi’s goal in this passage is to show how thanksgiving produces joy. She starts with a story called “My Jolly Playmate.” This story is sort of divided into three parts: the first part continues Debi’s pattern of urging women to just be happy rather than actually dealing … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Contentment Is All That Matters

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 35-38This section is titled “A Thankful Spirit.” Debi begins by contrasting two examples. Here is the first one: I know women who remain perpetually discontented … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Smile, Giggle and Simper

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 28-32The rest of Debi’s chapter on “a merry heart” is taken up with her response to a letter from a follower. Debi spends four full pages responding. The longer I read, the sadder I got. I apologize in advance.First, the letter: … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: One Ugly Hillbilly

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 27-28Throughout her book, Debi’s attitude toward women is bizarre. In this passage, Debi tells a story to illustrate her point about the importance … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Almost Gets Something Right

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 26-27It is possible to find a worthwhile message in an otherwise atrocious book. I read Debi Pearl when I was first married – it was a wedding gift – and while I thought it was hogwash from start to finish … [Read more...]


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